House debt limit vote takes aim at Democrats
The U.S. House today is expected to reject a plan to raise the debt limit without any spending cuts, in an effort designed by the GOP leadership to put President Obama and Democrats on the political hot seat.
The vote on the so-called “clean” increase to the nation’s $14.3 trillion borrowing limit comes a day before Obama meets with the entire House GOP conference — the first such White House get-together since Speaker John Boehner’s party won a record 63 seats to gain power in the 2010 elections.
Boehner has said repeatedly that any increase in the debt limit should come with trillions of dollars in spending cuts and other budget changes, all aimed at erasing a sea of red ink. Boehner has consistently said that everything except tax increases is on the table to reduce the nation’s debt.